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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company

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Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale AleTallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale

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725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 63
Gots: 53 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tallgrass Brewing Company visit their website
Kansas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-01-2012)
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Photo of jsprain1


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light copper with a one and half fingers thick, good retention, a touch of lacing.
S- The smell is mild, but there is some sweetness with a bit of fruity apple aroma as well.
T- The taste is quite good with a big melon, and oddly, a flavor of cucumber that comes through. Pear and apple flavors also are noticable in the finish.
M- Light bodied, maybe light medium, with a noticably but smooth carbonation. It is as pale ales ought to be.
O- One of the best pale ales I've had in quite a while and interesting at that. The use of Galaxy hops brings something new and different to the beer, ironic considering the retro name.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 03:13:23 | More by jsprain1
Photo of SaxmanRick


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-18-2012 02:53:13 | More by SaxmanRick
Photo of MarshallMan


5/5  rDev +31.9%

06-17-2012 22:07:40 | More by MarshallMan
Photo of Crimsontider22


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-17-2012 17:26:13 | More by Crimsontider22
Photo of TheoV


2.5/5  rDev -34%

06-16-2012 02:25:10 | More by TheoV
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Bonus kudos for the charming retro-gaming art design on the can! Poured into the pint glass an opaquely murky brownish-tinged amber with three fingers of solid foam and large loops of lacing all over the place. If only it wasn't so muddy-looking, I would have given it a perfect five for appearance...
Smells and tastes very tropical (papaya, passionfruit, and mango), with a mostly sweet malt presence accompanied with some onion / garlic garnishes and medium levels of floral bouquet once the glass was allowed to warm up some towards room temp. Crisply carbonated, medium body and the finish adds a peppery hop aspect that complements the tropical fruit salad quite nicely. Still, if you don't like your Pale Ales sweet and fruity, you most certainly won't like this one. It can get cloying if you don't take your time properly with it.

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 23:00:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of soccerfancooch


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-15-2012 20:19:58 | More by soccerfancooch
Photo of bennetj17


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange appearance, with loads of yeasty haze. Suprised it's not very clear for a pale ale but that is no matter to me. The head was a bit thin and only lasts about a minute. The smell is quite intriguing. There is a sharp, grassy, lemony, herb-like hop presence, not much malty sweetness, and an almost Belgian-like yeasty quality.

I think the flavor is all over the place in terms of what you'd expect for the style, but it still works for me. Tangy, lemon citrus notes dominate, leaving a sharp and dry bitter finish. The chalky, yeasty flavor is a bit protruding, as there is alot of yeast in here. I think that must be contributing some to the sharp/dryness as well. Alcohol is not noticible. The mouthfeel is appropriate, clean, not too thin, zesty carbonation.

This Galaxy hop is both unique and pleasant to the palate. I like the bitter dominance of the beer, the lack of malty sweetness. I still think this reminds me alot of a Belgian Pale Ale, one of my favorite styles, so perhaps that's why I am digging it. Recommended!

Serving type: can

06-15-2012 05:03:14 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Zbrown2307


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-13-2012 22:21:43 | More by Zbrown2307
Photo of markasparov

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-13-2012 01:00:41 | More by markasparov
Photo of hoppymcgee


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-12-2012 23:28:31 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-12-2012 00:55:34 | More by marine1975
Photo of 6demonbag


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-10-2012 04:24:53 | More by 6demonbag
Photo of RoamingGnome


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ncketchum for the can. Poured this out of a tall boy right into my CBS snifter.

A) Nice amber with a finger of white head, which settled to a dusting. This had really nice lacing up and down the snifter.

S) Light pine/grass scent, some floral aroma too. A very fresh/crisp nose on this pale ale.

T) Well balanced malt/hops flavors. Starts with light malt sweetness, and transitions to pleasant earthy flavors, grass/pine, light citrus. Finishes with some rind zest.

M) Near medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth, with adequate hoppage on the aftertaste.

O) Easily an above average Pale Ale. I would gladly recommend. Loved the can art too....

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 02:11:51 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan to orange, a smidge of haze, 2-finger white head that dissipated down to about a finger, then had real nice staying power, leaving a creamy cap and pretty good lacing.

Earthy, grassy, floral and citrus hops come through the nose. Some fruitiness. A little malt.

Taste wise the earthiness come through, along with a good and solid bready malt base. But the main taste is the hops - Hops are smooth and plentiful, complex in character.

Body is pretty light, well carbonated, and easy to drink. A light hoppy aftertaste lingers, along with some residual fruitiness. This is one slammingly delicious brew, but savor it please, or you'll miss out on all the lovely hops.

Very delicious beer. Definitely a hit from Tallgrass.

Serving type: can

06-05-2012 22:16:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of WhiskeeTango


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

06-05-2012 14:32:56 | More by WhiskeeTango
Photo of Iowacraft


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-03-2012 15:17:48 | More by Iowacraft
Photo of GringoKid


4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-02-2012 22:43:18 | More by GringoKid
Photo of TheCondor


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have yet to sample a Tallgrass product, so when I was cruising through the store today looking for something to drink with my KC Strips I had just bought, I saw this and thought “what the hell.” Awesome packaging, and I’m not above buying a beer strictly on packaging, especially a throwback like this. Like many on this site likely are, I came up in the 80’s, so this has some sentimental value as well as being a local brew. Side poured gently from the can into a pint glass

Appearance – Nice darker yellow, almost orange color presents itself in the beer, with excellent bubbles action visible inside the beer. Good two finger pure white head comes to the surface and hangs for a minute or two, and this beer leaves excellent lacing. A really impressive appearance on this APA.

Smell – The smell wasn’t quite as impressive as the appearance, but still pretty good. You could certainly tell the beer was hopped, as the citrus/grassy, fruity notes basically dominated the nose. There was a hint of malts and toast in the background, but not much.

Taste – Much like the nose, the hops bowled everything else over, but in a good way. This is a damn tasty beer! Nice hoppiness throughout the taste, with a malty backbone, makes this quite an impressive beer. I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel – Good level of carbonation, medium to medium-high, and a nice bitter grapefruit finish at the end with just a hint of alcohol. Well balanced.

Overall – Good packaging, great taste, sessionable, very good-looking, what isn’t to like about this brew? I actually drank my first one straight out of the can, and liked it so much I decided to actually pour another one and review it. I didn’t have any intention of reviewing a beer tonight, but this one was just too good. Excellent job by Tallgrass, probably one of my new favorite APA’s out there!

Serving type: can

06-02-2012 01:11:11 | More by TheCondor
Photo of Florida9


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mostly clear, pale orangey-yellow in color. Forms a massive 3-4" head that ever so slowly reduces down to a rocky surface coating, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the way down.

S: The predominant aroma is toast or biscuit malt. There is a bit of citrus and a little juice to this one, but not much.

T: The malts seem to dominate this one. Oddly, the malts aren't very heavy - rather thin actually - but they are still more prevalent than the hops are. Pale malts and a little bit of of bready biscuit then some mild juicy hops and a little orange and grapefruit. Finishes with a grapefruit pith bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I was expecting a lot more hop action out of this beer, especially considering it's Galaxy hopped, but there is just the slightest hint of that juicy tropical fruit that Galaxy is known for and I only think I picked up on it because I was searching for it. Otherwise, it's a decent drinker. Took some to a BBQ and it was simplistic enough to not scare away the BMC drinkers and it seemed to pair with all of the food just fine.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 02:08:19 | More by Florida9
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got my game on with a shaker pint.

Appearance- The foam swells impressively to two-fingers. It is obscenely smooth and bone white. The body is less impressive. There is decent carbonation but the light golden color is awfully generic.

Smell- There is an interesting combo of herbal and flowery scents in the beer. And just the slightest bit of star fruit. The vegetal, citrus mix manages to be appetizing all the same.

Taste- Biscuit bread malt cuts through the vegetal, herbal flavors quickly. The finish has a nice bitter kick with some earthy and citrus tones. I wish the nose had more presence on the palate than a delicate touch in the finish.

Mouth feel- 8-Bit has a big medium body and goes down silky smooth. This is exactly how hoppier pales and IPA's should be.

Overall- 8-Bit Pale Ale is an easy drink with an interesting mix of hop flavors thanks to our little green friends from New Zealand. If they made more of an impression on the palate and the nose, the beer would have made a much greater impression with me.

Serving type: can

06-01-2012 01:21:44 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of bpfrush


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-30-2012 21:11:33 | More by bpfrush
Photo of brealbg


4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-29-2012 17:44:14 | More by brealbg
Photo of dubmax


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

05-28-2012 23:15:41 | More by dubmax
Photo of darthhamby


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the old school packing design, one of the best design ideas I have seen in a long time.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy amber. The head was a dense slightly off white color with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: The Galaxy hops absolutely is star of the show. Citrus, grass and I think a hint of passionfruit is what came to mind. Immediately I was inspired to brew with Galaxy.

Taste: The citrus notes of the Galaxy hops bursts out and leaves a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. I picked up a little caramel flavor. A little peppery at the end but would love to have homemade pot roast dinner.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with light carbonation. One of the better APA's in the midwest.

Overall: The beer did take me back to the day the Atari 2600 was released and that's a great memory. I enjoyed my APA and found it to be an easy drinking and was looking for the malt flavor to be more noticable. I may even make a cheddar soup with this.

Serving type: can

05-28-2012 17:03:33 | More by darthhamby
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